Guido Schäfer

Full Name
Prof.dr. G. Schäfer
Group leader, Scientific Staff Member, Professor - Vrije Universiteit
+31 20 592 4165
Networks and Optimization


Guido Schäfer pursued his PhD studies at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany, and obtained his PhD in 2004. After that he was a postdoc at the Sapienza University of Rome (2004-2005) and a junior professor at the Technical University Berlin (2005-2008). He joined the Networks and Optimization (N&O) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica as a senior researcher in 2009. Since September 2016, he is the group leader of N&O. Since 2010, he is also a part-time professor at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


His core expertise is in the areas of combinatorial optimization and algorithmic game theory. A large part of his research is concerned with the development of efficient algorithms for optimization problems. Another part is about devising algorithmic means to reduce the inefficiency caused by selfish behavior in large distributed systems. His research is fundamental in nature but addresses several real-world aspects that are of practical relevance, such as lack of coordination, uncertainty of data and limitations of resources. Results of this research find their applications, for example, in logistics, transportation, traffic and network routing, scheduling and auctions.


Current projects with external funding

  • Verbeteren van de efficiency en prestatie van logistieke processen in de binnevaart
  • Societal Impact Games (SocialACT)

Professional activities

  • Professor: Professor: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (since 01/2010)
  • Visiting Professor: Visiting Professor: University of Chile (05/2014)
  • Principal Investigator: Project "Algorithmic Game Theory" - CWI Amsterdam
  • Lecturer: Mastermath/LNMB Master Course on Discrete Optimization
  • Board Member: Landelijk Netwerk Mathematische Besliskunde (LNMB) (since 09/2016)


  • NWO Free Competition grant Societal Impact Games, 2013-2018 (2013)